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The Opioid Epidemic, Prescription Pills, Drug Statistics Plus Alcohol and Marijuana Laws

This is a complete guide that will help cover one the worst addiction problem Missouri has ever seen. The opioid epidemic has ruined lives throughout the state. Thankfully action is being taken to help fight this problem. This guide will go over current meth use and opioid statistics, plus drug laws and what the state is doing to fight the problem. We will provide you with various helpful resources regarding getting help for drug abuse and alcoholism. This guide will also go over alcohol and marijuana laws in Missouri, as well as information regarding DUI charges. If you or a loved one are currently struggling and are looking for immediate help, please visit Missouri medical detox locator.

Missouri Substance Abuse Overview

The United States is currently in the middle of an opioid epidemic. Last year over 63,000 people lost their lives due to a drug-related overdose. This means more US citizens died due to a fatal drug overdose than did through the entire Vietnam War. Missouri has been greatly affected by opiates, including prescription pills and heroin. The number of overdoses deaths continues to rise every year. New powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil account for a terrifying amount of these deaths.

According to a report released by the Missouri Department of health, there were a total of 951 opioid deaths throughout the state in 2017. That means 1 out of 65 deaths that occurred in the state that year were due to opiates. Of these overdose deaths, 92.7% were accidental; the other 7.3% were classified as suicide (4.0%), homicide (0.8%), or undetermined intent (2.5%) Experts believe 2018 will surpass 2017 in terms of opiate overdose deaths.

Over the past ten years, Missouri has seen a dramatic spike in opiate-related overdoses. From 2006-2007 there were less than 200 fatal overdoses linked to this dangerous drug class. Opiates were still being used back then, but the purity levels of the heroin being sold were much lower. Fentanyl and carfentanil were pretty much nonexistent at the time. Most active opiate users in 2006 were using prescription medications, like Percocet, Oxycontin, and Hydrocodone.

Meth Use Statistics in Missouri

Back in the early to mid-2000’s Missouri was at the top nationally in methamphetamine lab busts. In 2004 and 2005, authorities in Jefferson County raided labs at a rate of two every three days. Some new agencies called Jefferson County the meth capital of the country. In 2017 there were a total of 91 reported meth labs found in the state of Missouri. These numbers reflect the incidents as reported to EPIC NSS. Ten years prior, in 2007, there were 1,292 meth labs reported by EPIC NSS in Missouri.

Based off these numbers you would assume meth abuse and addiction rates throughout the state would be nearly nonexistent, but this is sadly not the case. Throughout the south meth is still everywhere. Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and California the drug is nearly everywhere. It is also still widely used in the midwest. Missouri has seen a huge spike inexpensive methamphetamine is flowing in from the Mexican Cartel.

The drug being shipped across the border is far more potent than what was being made in small homemade meth labs. The average purity levels of the drug, when made in a small meth lab, were around 30-45%. The meth being made in massive meth labs in Mexico is around 80%+ pure. Nationwide,  use of this highly addictive, dangerous and widely available illicit stimulant increased from 3% to 4% of the population from 2010 and 2015, according to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services of America). About 11% of all fatal overdoses in Missouri were linked to crystal meth and other amphetamines.

Prescription Pill Abuse Statistics Missouri

An estimated 233,000 Missourians misused prescription drugs, like Xanax, Adderall, Percocet, and Vicodin over the past year. Prescription drug abuse can cause a variety of negative health effects including addiction. Once someone is physically or mentally dependent on these substances it is imperative that they seek professional help from a prescription drug detox center in Missouri. These facilities will help them overcome the powerful mental and physical withdrawals associated with prescription pill abuse.

"An estimated 233,000 Missourians misused prescription drugs"

Every other state in the country had already enacted prescription drug monitoring systems. These programs provide doctors and pharmacists with important information, allowing them to cut off patients who are stockpiling opioids and other addictive and dangerous medications. Missouri was the last state to enact this vital program, possibly allowing for more people to become addicted to prescription medications. Thankfully Missouri finally established the PMP, but it only occurred less than a year ago.

Over 60 cities and counties in Missouri have since joined the program. Nearly 7,000 6,600 doctors and pharmacists have registered to have access to the database of patients’ prescription drug histories. This is still fewer than half of the physicians and pharmacies throughout the state. Since its introduction, the program has flagged nearly 14,000 instances where someone filled three different prescriptions at three different pharmacies in just six months.

"Every month there are enough painkillers prescribed for every man, woman, and child in the state to get three pills."

While some people do legitimately need these pills, they are still highly addictive and very dangerous. The PMP is able to alert the necessary parties that indications have been made about the possibility of doctor shopping and drug abuse. Highly addictive prescriptions are still written every day in the state. Every month there are enough painkillers prescribed for every man, woman, and child in the state to get three pills.

Missouri Drug & Alcohol Resources

The following links will help you locate toll-free helplines, as well as drug use statistics and other helpful resources throughout the state of Missouri. These drug and alcohol resources are provided at no cost and are free to use. These are designed to make it easier to find help for substance abuse as well as information regarding drug and alcohol abuse throughout the state. These free options are available to anyone and everyone. Hopefully, you will find the necessary information to assist you through this challenging time. If you are looking for more information or have any additional questions regarding drug abuse, alcoholism, detox centers or treatment centers in Missouri feel free to contact our toll-free line. A representative is standing by 24/7 ready to help you in any way possible. Calls to our phone line are free of charge and completely confidential.

Types of Detoxes in Missouri

Find a Medical Detox by City

These links are here to make it easier for you to locate local detox centers throughout Missouri. One can easily become overwhelmed when trying to figure out what detox facility is the best fit for their current situation. Finding the right detox in Missouri can be difficult and if you would like additional assistance, contact our toll-free line at any time. The following links will provide you with detoxes in the five largest cities in the state. If you do not see a nearby location listed reach out to us for additional help. Phone lines are open 24/7, the call and consultation are free as well as a potential referral to a local detox center in Missouri.

Alcohol Laws in Missouri

The alcohol laws of Missouri are among some of the most relaxed in the United States. The state of Missouri was known throughout the Midwest for its largely laid-back approach to alcohol regulation. Which is in sharp contrast to the very strict alcohol laws of some of its neighboring states such as Oklahoma and Kansas.

"Anyone age under 21 may drink if it was given to them by a parent or legal guardian"

Missouri alcohol laws allow adults over the age of 18 to serve alcohol to drink on-site. It requires them to be 21 or older to tend bar. Adults over 18 years of age may also sell alcohol in stores for off-site consumption, but a supervisor must be on the premises. You must be 21 years of age to purchase alcohol, yet anyone age under 21 may drink if it was given to them by a parent or legal guardian. Using a fake ID to purchase alcohol is a crime and those caught will be prosecuted.

Anyone under the age of 21 is considered legally intoxicated if they have a BAC above .02%. For anyone 21 years of age or older, they will be considered legally intoxicated if their BAC is above .08%. If caught driving a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08% or higher they face being charged with a DWI. However, Missouri can convict a person of DWI even if the BAC is below those limits. It will vary case to case and is ultimately up to the judge.

"For anyone 21 years of age or older, they will be considered legally intoxicated if their BAC is above .08%."

When arrested for a DWI the police officers will confiscate the driver’s licenses of those with a BAC reading of 0.08 or above. If one is later convicted of a DWI, the state will add eight points to their license. Twelve points are added for a second and any additional convictions of an alcohol-related offense, twelve. On top of that, a 2nd conviction carries a penalty of five days in jail and/or 30 days of community service. If convicted a third time of a DWI one will lose their license for a minimum of one year, plus they will face ten days in jail or 60 days of community service.

Marijuana Laws in Missouri

CBD oil is the only legal form of medical marijuana in the state of Missouri. In 2014 legislation was approved to rewrite some of Missouri’s marijuana laws. They hoped to change it so that the possession of ten grams or less of the drug was punishable by a fine and for the crime to be classified as a misdemeanor. These changes officially took effect on January 1, 2017. The possession of greater quantities of marijuana is still punishable by jail time. Anyone caught with up to 10 grams will be charged with a misdemeanor and face a fine up to $500, but no jail time.

Anyone in possession of more than 10 grams but less than 35 grams will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. This is punishable by up to 1-year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $2,000. Second-time marijuana possession offenses are also Class A misdemeanor offenses, even if the person being charged possessed is under 10 grams.

Possession of 35 grams- 30 kilograms is a Class D felony. This means the repercussions are far more severe. One can face up to seven years behind bars and a fine up to $10,000. The possession of marijuana paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, carries the same repercussions as having 10 or fewer grams on one’s possession. A second paraphernalia offense is punishable a maximum sentence of one year behind bars and a maximum fine of $2,000.